She took on Johanna Konta from Great Britain who defeated two Grand Slam champions, Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams, and the Madrid Open champion, Kiki Bertens to reach the finals in Rome. Karolina Pliskova defeated Konta 6-3, 6-4 in the Italian Open 2019 championship match. The Czech will be ranked as the World Number two tennis player on Monday.
Despite her defeat, the World Number 42, Konta moves inside the top 30 rankings on the WTA scale and she will be ranked 26th in the world. And she began the first British woman since 1971, to play in the finals on the Roman dirt.
The Czech, Karolina Pliskova blazed in the opening set as she took 15 points in a row and consolidated her break of serve to take a 3-0 lead in just eight minutes. Pliskova executed a dominant game on the net and she net-charged quite a few times in the initial games.
Unforced errors from Konta’s end gave Karolina Pliskova to a set point opportunity, but however, she squandered it with a broad forehand and later, Konta earned the hold.
Pliskova’s first serve percentage was more than 90 until she double-faulted and gave Konta a break opportunity. Nevertheless, she aced an inside-out forehand and with Konta netting the ball, Karolina Pliskova held the first set 6-3.
Johanna Konta had a staunch beginning in the second set. Though Karolina Pliskova was acing her service games, it was strenuous for her to earn points on the British woman’s serve. Tussling back and forth on the center court of Foro Itlaico, Pliskova earned three break points, but Konta’s ace serves and her errors hindered to her to convert those points.
Finally, on the fourth break point, Karolina Pliskova closed out the game with a forehand dry volley on Konta’s court and took 4-3 in the second set. The next game witnessed multiple deuces and the Czech committed numerous unforced errors, with Konta failing on the volley, Karolina Pliskova consolidated her break to take a 5-3 lead in the championship match. And she became the new champion in Rome with a perfect counter-drop on the third championship point.
Karolina Pliskova lost to Ashleigh Barty in the finals of Miami Open 2019 and she began this year with a title in Brisbane. She becomes the third woman to win multiple titles this year after Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens and. The Czech collects her 13th career title in Rome.